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Flight evacuated after ‘suspicious item’ found

Police evacuated an Alaska Airlines flight Monday after a report that a “suspicious item” was found on board, a Los Angeles International Airport spokeswoman said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Police evacuated an Alaska Airlines flight Monday after a “suspicious item” was found on board that no one claimed, Los Angeles International Airport officials said.

Bomb-sniffing dogs later determined the item did not contain explosives, airport spokesman Harold Johnson said.

A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad and the FBI still planned to search the plane, officials said.

Airport police were notified at 8:20 a.m. that there was a suspicious item on board a plane that was in the air after leaving Guadalajara, Mexico, said airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles.

The plane landed without incident just before 9 a.m., Castles said, and all 125 passengers and crew were taken to a terminal in buses after the plane stopped in a remote area of the airport. Castles said she did not know what the item was and did not release any additional details.

Johnson said the crew became alarmed when no one claimed the item.

“The flight attendant discovered an item and she said, ‘Is this yours?’ And all the passengers said, ‘No,” Johnson said.